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Friday, 22 August 2008

Nigist/Queen Tirunesh Dibaba Has Conquered Beijing

Tedla Asfaw

The Beijing Bird's Nest was rattled tonight in Beijing and the push and shovel seemed an incentives for Ethiopian athletes to let the birds fly. On the 14th minutes of the 5,000m it all sorted out the winners and the question was who will conquer Beijing and the battle for gold started. Our Tirunesh/Tiruye controlled and led the charge and both Abeye/Hewan an Ethiopian Turkish and the defending Olympics Meseret/Mesi were almost together on the final one hundred meters and Tiruye/Tiruework took the lead followed by Mesi and finally no one was behind Tiruye and she won and became the first female athlete to double both the 5,000m and 10,000m in Olympics and by doing so she has set high the bar for future Ethiopian female athletes and no doubt in 2012 Olympics in London she will also  be the first woman to successfully defend her title.

Mesi won the bronze and no doubt the kick and shovel she got before the completion of race was a factor and you can see that at the end of the race by the pain on her face and make no mistake this day was our Tiruye's and will be remembered for a long time.

Her win is another inspiration for our Keneisa/Kenu tomorrow to do the same and be in a especial group of athletes who won gold in 5,000m and 10,000m  in Olympics, one of which is Miruts Yefter in Moscow Olympics  in 1980 which was boycotted by the West.

Kenu's attempt for the first time in Athens Olympics in 2004 fell short and I have no doubt he will crack the Bird's Nest in Beijing tomorrow night and the whole world is going to see not only double he will set a new Olympics record too like he did in 10,000m.

Who will forget Tiruye receiving a huge Ethiopian flag from Ethiopian crowd after the race and Abeye/Hewan staring at her birth country joyous crowd waving Ethiopian Flag and no one was fast enough to hand her a Turkish Flag and that was the moment my heart was broken.

What did Abey/Hewan  felt in that moment ? No one can be sure that but  her facial expression proved beyond any doubt that deep inside her if  all should  start again she will prefer to win a medal for her birth country and get that huge celebration by carrying Ethiopian Flag and join Tiruye and Messi as the jewels of Ethiopia and Africa.